UEFA Nations League Report: Spain v Croatia 11 September 2018

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

Spain were three up at half-time against the World Cup runners-up thanks to Marco Asensio's two long-range strikes, the second going in off goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, and an early header from Saul Niguez.

La Roja now top Group four in League A with six points, followed by England and Croatia respectively.

Ramos's Real Madrid teammate Isco made it six with still 20 minutes for Croatia to endure, when he turned away from Domagoj Vida on the penalty spot and rifled a shot past the helpless Kalinic, with Asensio again the provider.

Croatia suffered the biggest defeat in their history as Spain thrashed them 6-0 in Tuesday's Nations League match at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

Real defender Dani Carvajal made a decisive block early on to thwart Croatia forward Ivan Santini as Zlatko Dalic's side made a bright start and caused plenty of unease for Spain, who lost 2-1 when the teams last met at Euro 2016 in a group game.

The ex-Barcelona coach replaced Fernando Hierro, who oversaw Spain's World Cup bid after the Spanish FA sacked Julen Lopetegui a day before the finals in Russian Federation.

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Lovren was fantastic alongside Vida at the World Cup, and earned his place in the official team of the tournament.

Croatia drew 1-1 with Portugal on Thursday night in their first game since losing to France in the final in Russian Federation, while Spain will be on home soil under new boss Luis Enrique for the first time following his appointment.

It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, which was playing its first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation. He seemed to gain confidence from that because two minutes later he cut inside from the right flank and let fly with a powerful shot which hit the crossbar and bounced in off Kalinic.

He then added another two minutes later.

In other Uefa Nations League games, England edged Switzerland 1-0, Belgium beat Iceland 3-0, and Poland and Ireland played out a 1-1 draw.

Belgium began with nine of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russian Federation, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens.

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